Ellies Roundup: Wired, War Photography, and Dead Gorillas

ellies09.jpgLike your nerdy nephew, the American Society of Magazine Editors just can’t get enough of Wired and war photography. After collecting 2009 National Magazine Awards for general excellence in the 500,000 to 1,000,000 circulation category and best magazine section (for its “highly browseable, information-packed” Start department), Wired again won the Ellie for design, triumphing over Bon Appétit, Good, GQ, and New York. The magazine’s design, masterminded by creative director Scott Dadich and design director Wyatt Mitchell, also won last year. Meanwhile, Platon‘s New Yorker photo portfolio of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan bested the visual feasts of Bon Appétit and Gourmet as well as Bruce Weber‘s take on the big easy for W.

Meanwhile, it was déjà vu all over again in the photojournalism category, snapped up (for the second consecutive year) by National Geographic, this time for a piece that asked the age-old question “Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?” photographed by Brent Stirton with text by Mark Jenkins. But there was one surprise: in its first ever win in the photography category, GQ was lauded for “captur[ing] the essence of a person, an idea, and even a product within the broad range of celebrity portraiture, fashion, reportage, style, and humor.”

Print Wins Second Consecutive National Magazine Award

print apr09.jpgWho says print is dead? At tonight’s National Magazine Awards gala, held at Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, Print nabbed its second consecutive award for general excellence in the under-100,000 circulation category, besting such esteemed fellow finalists as Aperture and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Print was singled out for its February, April, and October issues produced under former editor-in-chief Joyce Rutter Kaye. This “Ellie,” named for the elephantine Alexander Calder-designed award statuette, is the graphic design magazine’s fifth. Before its recent back-to-back wins, Print previously won for general excellence in 2005, 2002, and 1994.

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Filao Reading Glasses

by Julie Wolfson

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On a recent visit to Tokyo’s über-mall Omotesando Hills, we visited the gorgeous eyewear shop Lunette Du Jura and discovered these reading glasses by Caroline Abram of Filao. Inspired by her childhood in Senegal, Abram’s designs incorporate wood, ceramic, cotton, glass, leather, resin, mother of pearl, onyx, turquoise, tiger eye and crystal in her work. The chains she has handmade in Senegal.

If we get to wear these when we “mature,” then we will surely be the most fashion forward little old lady on the block. For now the Filao glasses are so chic we might order a sunglasses holder (pictured above right) or a pair of the reading glasses to wear as a necklace.

Contact the North American distributor
French Melody
for more info about wholesaling them.

More images after the jump.